Breaking news: Scott Eyre announces his retirement
According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the 37-year-old left-hander was seeking the same $2 million deal he received last season, but the Phillies extended only a minor league offer.
An important midseason addition during the Phillies’ 2008 run to the World Series, Eyre finished with an ERA south of 2 (1.62) in 61 regular season appearances with the club, nice value for a guy who was picked off the Cubs' scrap heap. A veteran of 13 seasons, he puts the stamp on a career that includes a 28-30 mark and 4.23 ERA (106 ERA+). According to Zolecki, Eyre said Thursday that “even if the club had offered a Major League contract he likely would have retired.” In the meantime, the Phillies are reportedly seeking a low-cost alternative to Eyre. David Murphy provides a list of available LOOGYS today on his blog. It's a larger list than you think (Value Village is thriving these days). (Beerleaguer returns momentarily with a word on 13-more Phillies non-roster invitees).